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Thank you Senator Reid and General Powell for standing against Islamophobia from US Presidential Candidates

September 21, 2015

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Recently, several presidential candidates have come out on the offensive against Islam (such as Dr. Carson) or have allowed bigoted comments against Islam and Muslims to stand (such as Donald Trump). Here are two video clips one from a Republican (General Powell) and the other from a Democrat (Senator Harry Reid) who have made it […]

Underestimated and Ignored, Growing Ebola Epidemic Requires Unprecedented Global Mobilization

September 15, 2014

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Democracy Now, Amy Goodman. The World Health Organization is warning that the number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than relief workers can manage. The organization says that thousands are at risk of contracting the virus in the coming weeks and more medical professionals are urgently needed to help contain the […]

The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in the US Military–a Photo Gallery

August 26, 2014

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‘We lost our jobs for reporting being raped’: Haunting photo essay depicts the suffering of women who were victims of sexual violence in the U.S. military The Battle Within: Sexual Violence In America’s Military is a photo essay by Pulitzer Prize finalist photographer Mary Calvert An estimated 26,000 rapes and sexual assaults took place in […]

American Muslims Honor Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2014

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Both my son as well as my wife served honorably in the US NAVY. My father and my uncles also served in the British Army during and after the Second World War. To them and to all others who have served to defend the cause of freedom and justice, we say a great thank you […]

Wage Equity in Islam vs Wage Inequity at the New York Times–The Case of Jill Abramson

May 16, 2014

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Shame on the New York Times for gender bias. The number one (and biased) US news paper with a global reach shows its true colors by discriminating in pay against its first female executive editor, Jill Abramson, and then firing her. She found out that for equal work, she was making less money (in pay […]

Far right Islamophobia in France: Marine Le Pen in her own words

April 5, 2014

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Many Muslim leaders have blamed Le Pen’s fiery rhetoric on Islam and immigration for a rise in Islamic intolerance and xenophobia in France. But she insists she is neither a racist nor xenophobic, but simply a patriot. Al Jazeera sat down with far right french politician Marine Le Pen to talk about Islam and immigration […]

Nemat Shafik: economist to be Bank of England deputy governor

March 22, 2014

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Sean Farell, guardian.co.uk Nemat Shafik’s appointment as deputy governor of the Bank of England will turn her from a relative unknown into arguably the most powerful woman in the City of London. Shafik, known by her nickname of Minouche, will oversee banking and markets in a newly created job at the Bank and will join […]

Horrible Treatment of Migrant Workers Leads FIFA to set Qatar Deadline

January 31, 2014

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(CNN) — Organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have been set a tight deadline by FIFA to explain how conditions are improving for migrant workers on the various building projects associated with the hosting of football’s showpiece competition. The world governing body are demanding a “detailed report” by February 12 with “information on specific […]

The Prophet (s) was slow to anger and quick to forgive.

January 27, 2014

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As our khateeb indicated in this past week’s khutbah, “The Prophet (s) was slow to anger, and quick to forgive.” Let us reflect on the above statement some more. A hadith reinforces the need for a Muslim to control his or her anger: In Al Tabarani, itt is narrated that our Prophet (s) said : […]

Unlike France and Quebec, the US cherishes and supports diversity as Pentagon OKs religious beards and attire

January 23, 2014

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The U.S. military approved a new policy that loosens regulations on religious symbols worn by service members, the Pentagon announced Wednesday — a victory for some Sikhs, who have pushed for the move after being barred from serving for insisting on wearing turbans and beards in accordance with their faith. Pentagon spokesman Nathan Christensen said the new […]

Top 10 least stressful careers

January 10, 2014

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collegesear.ch In today’s fast-paced and busy world, it’s almost impossible to completely avoid stress in day-to-day life, especially if one is trying to balance family and work while earning an online degree. However, there are certain career fields that give people less anxiety than others. For those who are looking for a low-anxiety job that […]

Support Muslim Disability Awareness

December 26, 2013

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“My story – Living with muscular dystrophy”  by a Muslim sister Growing up my grandparents always reminded me to count my blessings and not my shortcomings; advice that echoes within Islam. I have Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy; diagnosed aged 9. Before I reverted to Islam 14 months ago I saw my disability as a hurdle […]

Religion in America: Islam on the increase

December 18, 2013

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Niraj Chokshi, Washington Post It goes without saying that religion is big in America. It played a starring role in the founding of the nation and continues to be the source of policy fights. Just this week, a group of Satanists launched a donation drive to erect a monument on Oklahoma’s Capitol grounds, in what […]

Amnesty International: Qatar Foreign Workers “Treated Like Animals”

November 17, 2013

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BBC.CO.UK At a Glance Migrant workers in Qatar There are some 1.35 million foreign nationals working in Qatar. Migrant workers now make up some 94 per cent of the total workforce in the country. 90% had their passports held by their employers 56% did not have a government health card, essential to access public hospitals […]

The Crusader Sub-Culture in the US Military

November 14, 2013

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Note from Rafik Beekun: The US Military is supposed to to be upholding our Constitution where the “inalienable rights” of each man and woman in the USA are guaranteed, where freedoms such as freedom or religion are guaranteed. Unfortunately, some extremists within the military are forgetting why they wear the uniform of our great country. […]

Job Discrimination Because of One’s Religion: Judaism, Islam and Sikhism

November 2, 2013

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Why America is light years ahead of many countries, including Muslim countries. Regular people come to the help of a Jewish man, a Muslim woman and a Sikh man who are being “discriminated” against during a job interview. These people did not know that these situations were staged. It is heartwarming to see how day […]

Eighth grade student expelled and arrested after setting fire to Muslim relief teacher’s hijab

November 2, 2013

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MATT BLAKE, dailymail.co.uk A schoolboy has been arrested for setting his teacher’s hijab on fire moments after she told him off for misbehaving in class. The 14-year-old eighth grader, who has not been named, was attending a lesson at Westdale Middle School, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when the substitute teacher reprimanded him for causing trouble. When she turned […]

Turkey breaks another taboo by including headscarf wearing women as deputies in Parliament

October 31, 2013

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Today’s Zaman 31 October 2013 / TODAYSZAMAN.COM WITH REUTERS, İSTANBUL Amid fears that tension in Parliament would rise over several Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputies wearing headscarves while attending parliamentary sessions, four headscarved deputies walked into Parliament on Thursday and faced no words of protest or anger from opposition parties, marking the end […]

Modern Day Slavery in the Gulf

October 21, 2013

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By Dimitri Gkiokas, Special to CNN [I} recently left the Middle East after a decade in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Both are places of invariable desert yellow monotony and mind-blowing heat, with a fine touch of 90 percent humidity during the summer months – unbearable for most, but apparently not the tens of thousands of Indian, […]

Official: Reports of sex assault in US Navy increase

September 12, 2013

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Al Jazeera The number of sexual assaults reported within the Navy has grown by about 50 percent in the past year, which Navy officials said Wednesday is a sign that a growing number of sailors feel more comfortable reporting an assault and believe something will be done about it — a prior source of concern […]

Discrimination against hijab-wearing Muslim woman at Abercrombie and Fitch

September 11, 2013

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Omar Sacirbey (RNS) A federal judge ruled Monday (Sept. 9) that the Abercrombie and Fitch clothing chain violated federal anti-employment discrimination guidelines when it fired a Muslim employee in 2010 for not removing her religious headscarf, or hijab, for work. Abercrombie asserted that as part of its business plan, it not only employed sales-floor personnel, […]

In Germany, wearing a headscarf may spoil your job interview chances

September 11, 2013

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Source: islamophobiawatch.co.uk n a study due to be released in full at the end of the year, economists at the University of Linz in Austria examined whether wearing a headscarf affected women when applying for jobs at German companies. Initial results show that German firms appeared less inclined to invite an applicant for an interview […]

Paying CEOs Top Dollar for Poor Performance

August 30, 2013

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Note from Rafik Beekun When you reward the top people in a company for doing a bad job, you encourage them to repeat their bad performance and you also indicate to everybody else in the company that bad performance will get them rewarded (and maybe the CEO position). Paying CEOs Top Dollar for Poor Performance […]

How its employee ranking system has destroyed Microsoft

August 25, 2013

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Source: Will Oremus, http://www.slate.com There were many reasons for the decline of Microsoft under Steve Ballmer, including, as I wrote this morning, its lack of focus and its habit of chasing trends rather than creating them. But one that’s not obvious to outsiders was the company’s employee evaluation system, known as “stack ranking.” The system—and its poisonous […]

“Flying while looking like a Muslim” may cause you to be refused boarding

August 24, 2013

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It is no longer a question of whether you are “flying while Muslim”; it is now whether you are “flying while looking like a Muslim.” Either way, you run the risk of being profiled, harassed, monitored closely, and possibly refused to board your flight. Hindu Man Mistaken for Muslim Refused Service by JetBlue Source: Neetzan […]

Workers’ Safety, Health and Welfare in Islam: “Those who work for you are your brothers.”

May 1, 2013

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“Those who work for you are your brothers.  Allah has made them your assistants.” ——— Bukhari and Tirmidhi. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “There is reward for kindness to every living thing.” ——— Bukhari and Muslim. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is […]

In Bangladesh, corruption kills hundreds

April 29, 2013

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Transparency international Around the world, corruption hurts people. In many countries – like Bangladesh – it can even kill. More than 200 people died and more than 1,000 were injured following the collapse of a building that housed several garment factories in Savar, near the capital city of Dhaka. While families mourn loved ones lost, […]

Are your brand name clothes helping or hurting Bangladeshi Sweatshop Workers?

April 29, 2013

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Doug Saunders, the Globe and Mail, USA Inside the garment factory, hundreds of poor women sewed the clothes that filled our shops. The factory’s owners had been warned that the place was hazardous; they ignored the warnings. When disaster struck, the death toll was horrendous. That describes the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which […]

Migrant Workers worked to death in Malaysia

December 1, 2012

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Aljazeera.com Thousands of foreign workers have died in Malaysia in recent years from accidents, illnesses and suicide. They work in so-called ‘3D’ conditions – dirty, dangerous and difficult. Critics say the death rate is a result of slack safety standards, poor housing conditions and weak enforcement of laws to protect them. Last year, more than […]

Our Prayers Are With You, Malala Yousufzai

October 11, 2012

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To God we belong, and to him is our return. Anas reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, used to supplicate, “O Allah, there is no ease except what You make easy, and you alone can turn a difficulty into ease.” (Ibn As-sinni) Any ad or video clip below the double lines is from […]

Human Rights Organizations’ Concerns on Employment of Muslims in Europe

September 27, 2012

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  Amnesty International, 2012 “Muslims are subject to a variety of forms of racism and intolerance, as described in several sections of this report. In particular, some factions of public opinion make no distinction between terrorists, religious extremists and the Muslim population as a whole. In some cases, it is claimed that these prejudices lead […]

Discrimination in France against Muslims

September 27, 2012

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It is truly sad to see the country which proclaims “Liberty, equality and brotherhood” for all systematically discriminate against Muslims. In this first video, a woman who is wearing a head scarf is discriminated against because she is wearing a headscarf: Muslim Women Discriminated in the Workplace for Wearing Headscarf French Muslims face job discrimination […]

The First Mosque Designed by A Turkish Muslim Woman–A Magnificent Masjid

September 8, 2012

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CNN.com There is a shiny addition among the Ottoman mosques and palaces that make up Istanbul’s stunning skyline: the metallic, mirrored dome of the new Sakirin Mosque, a Muslim place of worship built with a woman’s touch. For what may be the first time in history, women have been at the forefront of the construction […]

Cheating among U.S. high school and university students is common

September 8, 2012

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RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, New York Times Large-scale cheating has been uncovered over the last year at some of the nation’s most competitive schools, like Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, the Air Force Academy and, most recently, Harvard. Studies of student behavior and attitudes show that a majority of students violate standards of academic integrity to some […]

Differing views of Democrats and Republicans Towards Muslim Americans

August 23, 2012

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Wait for about 30 seconds until the data loads completely. Then use the scroll bar below to view the surprising divide between Republicans and Democrats in the manner they regard Muslim Americans as compared to Americans from other faith-based communities. This divide has worrisome implications for Muslim Americans either in the workforce or about to […]

Are you forgetful during prayer because of work-related issues or stress?

July 28, 2012

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Updated July 29, 2012 Often work related issues and stress (e.g. closing the budget year, cutbacks, hiring or firing decisions, etc.) intrude in our concentration during prayer and we may experience forgetfulness. How do you make amends if you missed something in your prayer? Can you make amends? Does your prayer still count. For these […]

Muslim Olympians wrestle with Ramadan dilemma

July 22, 2012

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  Note from Rafik Beekun: I don’t see why it is a dilemma for these Olympians. Islam allows people who are working in very harsh conditions to postpone their fasts. As some of the Muslim athletes below indicate, they have received the Islamic opinion from some scholars that they can postpone their fast during the […]

What Employers and Employees Need to Know About Working Muslims During Ramadan–in English, French & Spanish

July 12, 2012

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With the number of Muslims increasing in the workplace it is important for employees to know how to approach the month of Ramadan when working for an employer. The aim of this guide is to provide some helpful tips on how to deal with some of the things that come up during the month of Ramadan for employees. A Working Muslim […]

Islam has the highest regard for women

July 8, 2012

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The Talibans are practicing an extremist and puritanical form of Islam and often behave unIslamically–as in the manner they treat their women. Prophet Muhammad (s) said, ” “The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best and kindest to his wife.” and ““Do treat your women well and be kind to them, for […]

Don’t lie on your résumé or CV–it is against Islam

May 7, 2012

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In general. lying is forbidden in Islam, is a major sin and is considered of the attributes of a hypocrite. Abu Hurayrah (r) narrated that the Prophet (s) said: “The signs of a hypocrite are three; he lies when talking, he breaks his promises and he deceives when entrusted […] anyone who possesses all such […]

Islam and Extra-Marital Affairs in the Workplace

April 17, 2012

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Dr. Rafik Beekun, theislamicworkplace.com Last updated May 21, 2013 Recent studies reveal that 45-55% of married women and 50-60% of married men engage in extramarital sex at some time or another during their relationship (Atwood & Schwartz, 2002 – Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy). According to US statistics, 46% of unfaithful wives and 62% […]

Muslims on Wall Street: Bridging Two Traditions

April 16, 2012

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Kevin Roose, New York TImes NAIEL IQBAL’S co-workers couldn’t figure him out. He’d just started at a Midtown Manhattan hedge fund — the kind of elite enclave where overachievers in button-downs go to make a few hundred grand before heading off to Harvard Business School. But Mr. Iqbal, 27, a graduate of the Wharton School, […]

Follow the Sunna of the Prophet (s): How Exercise Benefits the Brain and Overall Performance

December 1, 2011

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Rafik Beekun Working at sedentary jobs is contributing to a whole list of health problems including obesity. To avoid becoming overweight and falling victim to all the physical issues associated with obesity, Muslim workers need to adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet (s) regarding exercise. in addition, exercise has been shown to benefit the […]

Republican State Rep. Rick Womick says devout Muslims should be removed from US military

November 12, 2011

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Source: blogs.tennessean.com State Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, told a pair of liberal bloggers at today’s Shariah law conference that devout Muslims should be removed from the military. In a video posted Friday afternoon on ThinkProgress, Womick expressed doubt that any devout Muslim could be loyal to the U.S. military. “Personally, I don’t trust one Muslim in our military,” he […]

Calling in sick at work: Some very strange and funny excuses

November 7, 2011

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Justin Thompson, careerbuilder.com […] Twenty-nine percent of workers admitted to [faking being sick] this year, citing errands and plans with family or friends among their top reasons for calling in sick. But check out these fifteen weird excuses that people used to miss work. I’m not sure how anyone even pulled these off without busting out […]

Work Ethics for Muslims Fasting During Ramadan

August 3, 2011

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Note from Rafik Beekun During the blessed month of Ramadan, many Muslims (especially in Muslim countries) slack off, showing up late at work (or not showing up at all), sleeping on the job, procrastinating, doing the least possible, and asking employers for shorter working days at the same wage rate. This type of behavior is […]

College degrees that are most sought after in 2011

July 6, 2011

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Larry Buhl, Career Builder While the job market can’t be called robust, employers say they plan to hire almost 20 percent more four-year college graduates than they did last year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. […] 1. Computer science More than 56 percent of computer science majors in the class of […]

CAIR: An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

June 23, 2011

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http://www.cair.com Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing and other terms of employment. The act also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of the employee, unless doing so would create an “undue hardship” for the employer. CAIR offers […]

Why Islamic Leadership must be competent

May 21, 2011

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Rafik Beekun, theislamicworkplace.com Many Islamic community organizations, masajids and businesses are often characterized by leadership lacking  any vision and the requisite skills for the job.  As a result, masajids have been reduced to mere prayer halls,  community organizations lack a sense of direction and do nothing really well, and businesses are characterized by nepotism, favoritism […]

New MBAs face difficult job market in the USA

May 21, 2011

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Joe Light, The Wall Street Journal The job market for business- school students is better than last year, but still isn’t back to pre-recession levels, says Nicole Hall, president of the MBA Career Services Council, a professional association. Driving the pickup is more robust recruiting by companies in health care, energy and technology, she says. […]